Sunday, March 29, 2009

Portrait , oil painting

I'm posting this painting as what can happen if you don't take care to be sure the foundation of your painting is properly sealed. The only thing I can figure is that something on the panel that I used bled through the paint and caused the dark lines to come through on her face. I was using some masonite like material that I picked up for free , cut up into panels and then gessoed front and back to seal. Think I will stick to Ampersand brand panels from now on.

8x10 oil on panel

5 comments:

redchair said...

That's interesting. What was the brand of this panel? And I know what you mean.. I gesso to a point of anal retentive- running my hand over again and again to see if it's smooth enough to work with.
Vikki

James Parker said...

Indeed interesting. You used to be able to get tempered Masonite and untempered masonite. Tempered having been treated with chemicals. Actually, I could barely make out any discoloration from the image.

Sheila said...

Thank you for being so generous to post a story we all can learn and heed about masonite. Though I kind of like the affect, I'm sure future affect from the oil and preservatives could occur.

Maryanne said...

If you still have some of this material, I would try to seal the masonite before you apply the gesso-- use GAMBLIN PVA, then apply several coats of gesso.

Robin Weiss said...

Thank you all for your great comments and suggestions!...I have learned my lesson with this material which is more like compressed cardboard than masonite...and the lesson that I need to seal and gesso!!..=]